Jeep Wrangler scores 1 star in European crash tests

2018 Jeep Wrangler Front

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler showed various issues with the structure

These tests are for the European market, so it will be interesting to see what the NHTSA and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tests show for crash results here in North America.

The Jeep Wrangler variant tested by Euro NCAP was the four-door Sahara Unlimited, but the rating applies to all variants sold in Europe. In fact, the lane-keep assist and emergency braking are not standard on the Euro-spec new Jeep Wrangler.

Unlike Global NCAP that tests cars that are made in India too, the Euro NCAP tests have far more parameters. The Panda scored 45 per cent for Adult Occupant Protection and just 16 per cent for Child Occupant Protection.

"It is truly disappointing to see a brand new auto being put on sale in 2018 with no autonomous braking system and no lane assistance. It is high time we saw a product from the Fiat-Chrysler group offering safety to rival its competitors", said Euro NCAP secretary general, Michiel van Ratingen.

Elsewhere, the driver knee airbag in the new BMW X5 was found to not deploy correctly in the frontal offset test, similar to that seen with the 5 Series when it was tested past year.

You can dive deep into the Euro NCAP website to read the entire report on the Wrangler, but I'll dish out a few salient details here.

2018 Jeep Wrangler Rear
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler scored the highest points in the side barrier test

The Panda follows the Punto as only the second vehicle to score zero stars under Euro NCAP assessment.

The biggest complaint is that the popular off-roader is lacking active and passive safety systems like automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and blind-spot monitoring systems-with the only features now available being a primitive seatbelt reminder.

The current Panda has been around since 2011, and was originally awarded a four-star rating when it was new. The European safety watchdog also invited eight other cars including Jaguar I-Pace, Hyundai Santa Fe, Volvo S60, Volvo V60, Audi Q3, Peugeot 508 and BMW X5.

In the latest frontal crash testing, the best chest protection rating - for the front passenger in the offset test - was adequate, while the worst was a poor rating for the rear passenger in the full frontal impact test.

The dummy readings of the full-width rigid barrier test showed marginal protection of the driver when the Wrangler was crash-tested.

In child protection, head protection was declared poor in all tests.




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